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13 Homemade Granola Bar Recipes That Only Include Ingredients You Can Pronounce

Granola bars are the ideal snack when you're pretty hungry but don't have the time to sit down and fix yourself something heartier like hummus and …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

8 Stretches You Should Do While Watching TV To Boost Your Health

If you're like most Americans, there's a good chance you're sedentary for the majority of your waking hours. According to one recent survey, Americans sit an average of 13 hours a day and sleep an average of 8 hours—and there's a growing body of research showing our sedentary ways is not helping …

40 of the best Android apps of 2016

This year saw a great crop of new and updated apps to make your Android device more useful, productive and entertaining.<p>We’ve rounded up 40 of the best ones we tested all through 2016 – flip through our list, find your favorites and be sure to let us know which ones you’re rocking on your own …

Apps

In world's languages, scientists discover shared links between sound and meaning

Sifting through two-thirds of the world's languages, scientists have discovered a strange pattern: Words with the same meanings in different languages often seem to share the same sounds — even when those two languages are completely unrelated.<p>The findings, published in Proceedings of the National …

How to Talk Global Warming in Plain English

In New Orleans, the city’s planners would love to see block-by-block estimates of how sea-level rise might affect neighborhoods and critical …

The 55 best Christmas episodes you can watch on Netflix right now

But if that's your only strategy, you're missing out on some awesome content in the form of holiday-themed TV episodes. These eps can be harder to find because Netflix's search option won't pick up on episode titles — and some of the episodes don't even have "Christmas" or "holiday" in the title.<p>So …

TV

Control Google Slides from your Android lock screen

Google has updated its Slides presentation app on Android with a couple of useful features, including the ability to control presentations from the lock screen.<p>The latest version lets you move forward or backward through your slide deck using buttons in a lock screen notification, negating the need …

How to Say (Almost) Everything in a Hundred-Word Language

Those who speak Toki Pona say linguistic simplicity can enable a more profound form of communication.<p>In Chinese, the word <i>computer</i> translates directly as <i>electric brain</i>.<p>In Icelandic, a <i>compass</i> is a <i>direction-shower</i>, and a <i>microscope</i> a <i>small-watcher</i>.<p>In Lakota, <i>horse</i> is literally <i>dog of wonder</i>.<p>These …

Linguistics

How to Create Image Collages and More on Canva

Canva is one of my favorite tools for creating image collages, slides, social media graphics, and infographics. The lesson plan library that Canva …

Time to ask students about use of digital technologies in lectures

However, Professor Selwyn says students should be asked about the downside of technologies.<p>"You're not really going to understand what works and why …

Education Technology

Cold weather twenty times more deadly than hot weather, study suggests

Reserachers found that moderately hot or cold weather accounts for seven times as many deaths as extreme temperatures<p>Cold weather kills twenty times as many people as hot weather, according to an international study.<p>The findings, published in The Lancet, also reveal that deaths due to moderately …

Climate Change

Five Trillion Pieces Of Plastic Are Floating In An Ocean Near You [Interactive]

And even more lurks below the surface<p>In December, a consortium of 12 research institutions published some of the first numbers on global ocean plastic pollution. By their calculation, almost 300,000 tons of plastic swirl near the surface of our seas today--equivalent to the weight of about 1,500 …

Large Hadron Collider captures incredibly rare particle decay for the first time

Experts say findings will help guide the quest to explain what physics cannot<p>For the first time, scientists at CERN have observed extremely rare leftovers from subatomic particles. The observations support a fundamental theory of particle physics, according to a paper published today in the journal</i> …

Smokers More Likely To Quit If Their Own Cash Is On The Line

A new study finds that employer-based programs to help people stop smoking would work better if they tapped into highly motivating feelings — such as the fear of losing money.<p>This conclusion flows from a study involving the employees of CVS/Caremark. Some workers got postcards asking them if they …

Survey: More than 40 percent of bee hives died in past year

More than two out of five U.S. honeybee colonies died in the past year, and surprisingly the worst die-off was in the summer, according to a federal survey.<p>Since April 2014, beekeepers lost 42.1 percent of their colonies, the second-highest loss rate in nine years, according to an annual survey …

Do sunscreen and boat bottoms hurt sea urchins? - Futurity

Nanomaterials are increasingly common in cosmetics, technology, and medicine. They also make sea urchin embryos more vulnerable to toxins, say …

Dead Galaxies Perished by ‘Strangulation,’ Astronomers Find

Universe

Can Scientists Turn Birds Back Into Dinosaur Ancestors?

We know they evolved from dinosaurs about 150 million years ago, but it remains to be discovered precisely how the DNA of ground-running dinosaurs changed–a transformation that turned arms into wings, produced aerodynamic feathers, and created a beak. It’s possible that some clues to those genetic …

Why Australia's Lake Eyre will eventually disappear - Futurity

Geoscientists say they've discovered the origin of Australia's two largest basins—and how long it will take for both to disappear.

Australia

Telltale Bacteria From Criminals' Guts Could Crack Cases

Microbiome provides a unique, enduring "fingerprint"<p>We as humans have a lot of characteristics that make us easy to distinguish from one another, such as the details in our fingerprints, eyes, and hair. Research over the past few years has shown that the bacteria living in various parts of the …

Chinese company boss treats 6400 employees to French holiday

The company's chairman Li Jinyuan, 57, met French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday.<p>The Tiens directors have relaxed in the most luxurious …

Tools: 6 Things to Know About Tea Bags

Simple, and in many regards, little changed since its serendipitous invention a century ago, the tea bag turns preparing a cup of tea into a convenience.<p>Even those purists among you who still insist on the ceremony and romance of loose-leaf tea, you have to admit simply dunking, squeezing, and …

Tea

Queensland universities ranked among world's best

"These two courses are run from our Gatton campus, and their high ranking reflects the excellent hands-on experience and world-class facilities on …

Know more than one language? How your bilingual brain could pay dividends

Speaking more than one language may confer significant benefits on the developing brain. Research has now shown that bilingual young adults not only fare better in the job market, but are also more likely to demonstrate empathy and problem-solving skills.<p>The fact is that American adults are largely …

Hangouts 1.3 Will Reportedly Add SMS, Giving Android Its Own iMessage Equivalent

Google is said to be prepping an update to its Hangouts instant messaging/video chat Android app that would allow it to integrate with SMS, making it possible to get all text and MMS messages right in the same inbox. That would fulfill a promise made a long time ago, near when Hangouts was first …

Take a Sneak Peek at Socrative 2.0

Since it was launched a couple of years ago Socrative has been one of my favorite classroom tools for teachers and students. Three good ways to use …